Windows Phone 7 – Really?

Windows Phone 7 hit the retail markets yesterday. E-mail, photo, video, social networking, or work tasks – do it in your own style. Unlike Nokia with Symbian or Blackberry with Blackberry OS piling up bad UX on every release, Microsoft went ahead to redesign its mobile platform. Microsoft doesn’t support backward compatibility either. It is new. There is no PInvoke to run native code – develop with .Net compact framework. Apps run in Silverlight or XNA just means more games development is made simple. Programming, testing, and debugging are easy with Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace ensures social networking with a list of high-profile brands such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, eBay, Travelocity, Netflix, Foursquare, and Yelp. 5 MP / 8 MP camera with various shooting modes and HD video recording brings elegance to the quotidian tasks. Music can be synched with Microsoft Zune. Xbox Live provides the gaming entertainment with some mesmerizing graphics-rich games that demonstrates the platform capabilities.

Browsing got better with IE Mobile that uses the rendering engine of IE 7 and adds up the capabilities of IE 8. Although it does not support Adobe Flash Player or HTML5 videos, it is a full-fledged HTML browser.

As any other smartphones do, Windows Phone 7 has Microsoft Exchange Active Sync for Exchange Server 2007/2010 and Exchange Online. Office Mobile – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote comes with Windows Phone 7. Users can create Word and Excel documents from the phone and view PowerPoint presentations. OneNote is for creating and synchronizing notes. To collaborate with enterprise intranet, there is a native client support sharing, editing, and synchronizing documents to SharePoint Server. Dell announced that it dumps 25,000 corporate RIM Blackberry mobile phones for Windows Phone 7 on Dell Venue Pro. It is more to promote Dell phones rather than Windows Phone 7. Whatever it is, Dell’s early adoption is going to be a case study for Enterprise implementations.

Windows Phone 7 is a phone for all – professionals to programmers or students to gamers. A people phone, really! Check out this new, funny promo…

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2 Responses to Windows Phone 7 – Really?

  1. i hope they paid you to write this! 🙂

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